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Nuts & Bolts: Closing out the back-to-back vs. Detroit

The Bolts and Red Wings meet on Sunday for the first time this season

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

Coming off a 5-4 win over Montreal on Saturday night, the Lightning return to Amalie Arena on Sunday to host the Red Wings.

Lines from Saturday's game. Subject to change.

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Steven Stamkos
Mathieu Joseph - Tyler Johnson - Yanni Gourde
Pat Maroon - Cedric Paquette - Mitchell Stephens

Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk

Curtis McElhinney expected to start

Sunday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Red Wings are playing their first of four meetings this season (also: March 8 at DET, March 14 vs. DET and April 4 at DET) and the first of two at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay swept the four-game regular season series from Detroit in 2018-19...In Tampa, The Lightning won 3-1 Oct. 18 behind a 29-of-30 save performance by Andrei Vasilevskiy and 3-2 March 9, Nikita Kucherov netting a pair of goals to set a new Tampa Bay single-season record for points...In Detroit, the Bolts won 6-5 in a shootout Dec. 4, Edward Pasquale making 19-of-24 saves in his NHL debut, and 5-4 March 14, the Lightning scoring five-straight goals to rally from a 3-0 deficit...Tampa Bay has swept the season series from Detroit the past three seasons...The Lightning have won 15 in a row in the regular season over Detroit (17 straight including playoffs), the longest win streak against a single franchise in team history and tied for the fifth longest in NHL history (if the Lightning extend the win streak to 16 games, it would be tied for the third longest in League history)...The Bolts have won 13 straight at home in the regular season against the Red Wings, the longest home win streak against a single franchise in team history and tied for the 23rd longest in NHL history...Andrei Vasilevskiy has never lost in the regular season to Detroit, going 8-0-0; Detroit is one of four teams -- Anaheim (3-0-0), Carolina (6-0-0) and Chicago (4-0-0) -- Vasilevskiy has never lost to in the regular season...Nikita Kucherov has netted multiple goals (4-2--6) in his last two outings vs. DET; Kucherov has more career regular season goals vs. DET (16) than he does against any other NHL team...Cedric Paquette has more career goals vs. DET (5) than he does against any other NHL team; 2 of Paquette's 5 goals vs. DET have come shorthanded.

Sunday's Storylines
The Lightning are completing their sixth of 15 back-to-back sets this season...The Bolts are 3-1-1 in the second half of a back-to-back set...Tampa Bay is attempting to sweep a back-to-back for the second time this season (also: 3-2 win Nov. 8 at BUF and 5-3 win Nov. 9 vs. BUF at the 2019 NHL Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden)...The Lightning are playing the fourth game of eight-straight games against Eastern Conference opponents...The Bolts are playing the third game of six-consecutive contests against Atlantic Division foes...Tampa Bay has won 10 in a row against Atlantic opponents after starting the season 2-2-0 versus the division...The Lightning lead the NHL for power-play percentage (29.4%), home power-play percentage (37.5%) and home goals per game (4)...The Bolts rank second in the League for overall goals per game at 3.56 behind only Colorado (3.59).

2019-20 Man Games Lost: 41
Current injuries
Braydon Coburn (Lower-body injury; Out indefinitely) 13 Games

Parking Info
For the 2019-20 season, pre-purchased Tampa Bay Lightning parking passes will be handled by our preferred parking vendor, Park Whiz. The decision to move to Park Whiz was made to provide our STMs with a higher level of service and accessibility when it comes to parking.

Additional information on your options for the upcoming season can be found below. Please note that season pass options are very limited and may sell out quickly.

Construction on the Water Street neighborhood, adjacent to AMALIE Arena, will continue to accelerate into 2020. Please allow a little extra time to navigate your way through downtown for each home game. We strongly encourage all fans to secure pre-paid parking in advance of their games.

Having trouble creating your account or purchasing your pass? Please call or text ParkWhiz Customer Support at 888-472-7594 or via email at

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Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Lightning Jersey Blazer
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The Road Ahead
Tuesday, December 31 at Buffalo Sabres
Thursday, January 2 at Montreal Canadiens
Saturday, January 4 at Ottawa Senators

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